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Title: Transcendentalism Quotations

Transcendentalism Quotations
  • Emerson and Thoreau

Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
  • I HEARTILY ACCEPT the motto, "That government
    is best which governs least"

Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
  • I ask for, not at once no government, but at once
    a better government.

Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
  • I cannot for an instant recognize that political
    organization as my government which is the
    slave's government also.

Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
  • The authority of government, even such as I am
    willing to submit to for I will cheerfully obey
    those who know and can do better than I, and in
    many things even those who neither know nor can
    do so well is still an impure one to be
    strictly just, it must have the sanction and
    consent of the governed.

Thoreau, Slavery in Massachusetts
  • There is not one slave in Nebraska there are
    perhaps a million slaves in Massachusetts.

Thoreau, Slavery in Massachusetts
  • The law will never make men free it is men who
    have got to make the law free. They are the
    lovers of law and order who observe the law when
    the government breaks it.

Thoreau, Walking
  • If you are ready to leave father and mother, and
    brother and sister, and wife and child and
    friends,(3) and never see them again if you have
    paid your debts, and made your will, and settled
    all your affairs, and are a free man then you
    are ready for a walk.

Thoreau, Walking
  • I have met with but one or two persons in the
    course of my life who understood the art of
    Walking, that is, of taking walks, who had a
    genius, so to speak, for sauntering

Thoreau, Walking
  • Life consists with Wildness. The most alive is
    the wildest.

Thoreau, Walking
  • When I would recreate myself, I seek the darkest
    wood, the thickest and most interminable, and, to
    the citizen, most dismal swamp. I enter a swamp
    as a sacred place a sanctum sanctorum.

Emerson, Self-Reliance
  • To believe your own thought, to believe that what
    is true for you in your private heart is true for
    all men, -- that is genius.

Emerson, Self-Reliance
  • There is a time in every man's education when he
    arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance
    that imitation is suicide that he must take
    himself for better, for worse, as his portion

Emerson, Self-Reliance
  • Trust thyself every heart vibrates to that iron

Emerson, Self-Reliance
  • Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the
    manhood of every one of its members.

Emerson, Self-Reliance
  • A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little
    minds, adored by little statesmen and
    philosophers and divines. With consistency a
    great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as
    well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.

Emerson, Self-Reliance
  • Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing
    can bring you peace but the triumph of

Emerson, Friendship
  • We have a great deal more kindness than is ever

Emerson, Friendship
  • A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.
    Before him I may think aloud.

Emerson, Friendship
  • Thus every man passes his life in the search
    after friendship, and if he should record his
    true sentiment, he might write a letter like this
    to each new candidate for his love.

Emerson, Friendship
  • The only reward of virtue is virtue the only way
    to have a friend is to be one.